My Reasons For This Site
Institutionalized racism exists in this country. We of African descent have been maligned, beaten, lynched, tortured, loathed, spit upon, used, ill-treated, whipped, abused, discriminated against, despised, and raped since we were forcibly brought in chains to this country.
We of African descent had our languages, our culture, and our native religious beliefs taken from us, our names, our identity, and our heritage stolen. We were torn asunder from our families so that we do not even know who we are. (One of the things I admired most about Kunta Kinte was how he refused to forget his name, where he came from, and his people.)
White supremacy has brought those of us of African descent down low, so low that we are today at the very bottom of the barrel, the lowest on the totem pole, till we can go no lower. Other races, more acceptable to the European- descent Americans for reasons I cannot claim to fathom, have come to this country and succeeded whereas we African- descent peoples are, for the most part, failures. (I admit that there are many middle-class African- descent Americans, and even upper-class, but rarely do any of them extend a hand to help their poorer, under-class brothers and sisters. And there are far more lower-class African- descent Americans than there are European, Asian, and even Latin-descent Americans.)
Alcoholism, drug addiction, and drug dealing has become the normal behavior for many of us African-descent Americans. We are chronically under- and unemployed. Our high school drop out rate is very high. The teenage pregnancy rate is still high for us. Our men remain incarcerated at higher rates – mainly due to white racism, true, but also a life of crime chosen out of desperation sometimes. Due to black-on-black criminal activity, many of us die prematurely. Many of our women are on public aid, and once a person becomes spoiled by the System, it is difficult to get off. Our women must raise children alone, while the men are in prison, dead, or just elsewhere (as my own father was). The youth of today prefer as their role models gangsta hip hop 'stars' who routinely refer to each other as 'niggas' and 'mothafuckas', and to women as 'bitches' and 'hoes'.
The rates are alarming.
I cannot see where the condition of African-descent peoples in America has improved much since the Civil Rights Movement. It is a shame that this country had to utilize such a program as Affirmative Action to get our people employed in jobs, careers, that matched their skills, training, and education. Even with Obama as President, life hasn't much changed for our people here. Will it ever? I believe it will only get worse. I cannot imagine how worse it can get, but it probably shall. However, if African-descent Americans would work together, life can get better for the generations that are coming. We of African descent need to unite, and not fight one another. We need to band together.
I regret that I wasn't around to take part in the Civil Rights Movement – but I am here now, and I wish to offer my support, my time and expertise, such as it is, to any group, organization, project, or individual who would have need of someone to take part in helping to make strides toward solving the racial issues that exist in this country. Surely, there is some group out there that will find my presence and aid invaluable.
It is time to do something, take action and stop talking about it amongst ourselves. I'm tired of seeing African-descent peoples continue to go backward in this country. We need to go forward! We need to see more peoples of African descent in power positions in banking & finance, technology, education, leadership, science, politics, film, music, and other areas I have neglected to mention. Arise, African-descent brothers and sisters...take charge of your life and fight the elitist white male power!
America still has a race problem and always will. People like Will Smith, so sheltered by their wealth and fearful of offending the White Masters that pay their huge salaries, can try to fool themselves by claiming that there is no racism in this country. When bad things happen to Blacks, how many well-known Blacks (other than Spike Lee) comment on the lack of response, caring, and action, such as with Hurricane Katrina and the on-going murders of young Blacks in Chicago? Yet when the same types of things happen to Whites (Columbine, New Town, the Boston Marathon bombing), you never hear the end of it - and Black celebs are quick to jump on the bandwagon along with the Whities with pep talks to the huddled masses about ending gun violence! So sad but so true.